Travel

Bucket List: 10 Places I Need To See Before I Die

Someone the other day asked me where I really want to go. What places I have to see at some point. The question got me thinking and after a little contemplating I think I’ve come up with a shortlist. It wasn’t easy, because there are so many places in the world I would like to see, but here are the 10 places that definitely makes it onto my bucket list.

  • Vietnam
    Vietnam has been on my radar for the past few years, but jumped up on the bucket list quite recently because I was browsing Contiki and read up on their Vietnam Experience. The trip has since then been in my head and I hope to go sooner rather than later!
  • Macchu Picchu, Peru
    Macchu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World. I hope to walk the Macchu Picchu trek one day and take in the view, the ancient grounds and the long lost culture. I also want to visit the village of Cuzco and see Peru in general. Latin American  and Native American cultures fascinate me.
  • Hobbiton, New Zealand
    Now this one just calls to the inner fantasy nerd in me. New Zealand looks beautiful and good for an adventure, but mostly I want to go to learn how to dive and to see Hobbiton. I am a massive Lord Of the Rings and Tolkien fan and walking around in his world made tangible would be a dream come true.
  • The Great Wall of China
    Another of the Seven New Wonders Of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Great Wall of China. Though a lot of the wall has disappeared over the years there are still man many miles left that are open to explore. This architectural and cultural giant is definitely on my to-see, or in this case, to-walk list!
  • Chichen  Itza, Mexico
    Chichen Itza is an old Mayan city, possible the oldest, and in it there are plenty of Mayan temples, pyramids and history. I would love to visit them and take in some Mayan history which in my opinion, together with the Incas and the Aztecs, have some of the most interesting histories in the world. Chichen Itza is one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World.
  • The Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
    Another bucket list place is the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City was an imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty and now houses the palace museums, with countless artifacts from different emperors.
  • Dubronvik, Croatia
    Dubrovnik is the now famous location of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of history and gorgeous architecture. I have to admit that Dubrovnik first showed up on my radar because of GoT, but after some research I think I’d love to visit it just because it looks so beautiful!
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
    Egypt is one of the countries I really really want to visit in general and while I am there I would have to see the Pyramids of Giza and go on a tour or two to learn more about Egyptian history and culture. A river cruise on the Nile doesn’t sound too bad either 😉 The Pyramids of Giza are the oldest of the Seven New Wonders Of The World.
  • Marrakech, Morocco
    Another African country that I want to visit is Morocco and when I started to think about where I wanted to go Marrakech came to mind. In my post about my holiday in Tunisia I mentioned visiting the Berber town and loving it and Marrakech is a major city built on Berber traditions. I can’t wait to walk through the Medina (town market), smelling the spices, taking in the colours and getting aquatinted with yet another culture.
  • New York, USA
    Iconic New York also made it onto the list, mostly because it is one of the American cities I would like to visit the most. It doesn’t rank high up on the list, but it does make it because I would love to visit America. The fact that New York is full of tourist attractions also helps.

I have chosen a range of places where some are very likely  I will see and others are less likely, because I would love to cross some things off the list eventually. I don’t believe in just giving myself near-impossible goals and chose some that aren’t that impossible at all. From a travel point of view these are all possible, but it is going to take time and money to make it happen. Which places make it onto your top 10? 🙂

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Brazil, South America, Travel

Travel Plans: Having My Cake and Eating It Too

Life is one big, weird adventure. Plans fall through, dreams are postponed, exchange rates change, people have babies, get pets, lose and gain friends. Life is roller coaster with all that that implies, the head rush, the slight nausea, the terrified, but elated screaming, its all there.  The only real constant in life is that life is unpredictable. And I got to experience that a little yesterday. As I mentioned a couple of posts back the exchange rate between the British Pound and the Norwegian Krone forced me to eliminate or postpone most of my 2016 travel plans, in favor of paying my tuition fees, rent and having something extra to live for. I gave up on Vietnam, I almost gave up on Barcelona and to be honest I felt down. The money I had worked hard for and saved up specifically for  travel was now all of a sudden out of my hands and bitterly put to use just to cover a failing Krone rate that was out of my control. But then life is, and will always be, unpredictable, sometimes for worse, sometimes for better.

From our Epic Italy Adventure in 2014
From our Epic Italy Adventure in 2014

Last night I was skyping my Brazilian friend Laura, an amazing girl I met during  my first year at university and also one of my dearest friends. She had discovered she had a couple off weeks of from university in Rio De Janeiro and by pure coincidence her vacation were on the same weeks as my Easter Break. We laughed about it and decided to check the tickets on Skyscanner for fun, because we had long discussed me visiting her, but it never seemed to happen. And the tickets were relatively CHEAP! .  550 pounds return  with British Airways from London is  way less than you would expect to pay for a direct return flight. After a quick phone call to my parents and grandparents where I got them to swear to not give me any actual gifts for Christmas or my birthday, but instead some money to help pay for the flight later – which they were all for – the flight information was filled in, the tickets were paid for with some of my savings and BOOM. TWO WEEKS IN RIO DE JANEIRO HERE I COME!  😀

As you read this I am on my way to Stockholm, but I am still shellshocked. Absolutely shellshocked and in awe of how lucky I am. After losing any and all travel plans for 2016, the dates, the tickets and the trip falls into my lap and I get a Birthday/ Graduation trip after all. I’m having my cake and eating it too, despite being a students and poorer than ever. With the help of my kind family who are willing to contribute a little to the flight tickets, and Lauras lovely family hosting me for the full two weeks, and getting to see one of my dearest friends in person for the first time in almost two years… I’m set to have the trip of a lifetime. I know it’s a cliché to be “blessed” at this point, but there is no other word for it. I’m blessed to have such a supporting family, such generous friends and such loving people in my life who help make my dreams come true and cheer me on in all my endeavors. Let the countdown begin! Xxx